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EMRConsultant.com Welcomes President Bush's Renewed Call for Improved Information Technology to Prevent Medical Error and Needless Costs

EMRConsultant.com today welcomed President Bush's renewed call during his State of the Union address for "improved information technology to prevent medical error and needless costs." .

President Bush has proposed to double the budget to $125 million for demonstration projects related to health information technology, which will save lives and help to reduce costs. It's noteworthy that the potential savings from widespread utilization of Electronic Medical Records solutions has been estimated at between 10% and 20% of the estimated $1.7 trillion in health care spending," Dr. Fishman added. Read the full story at Biohealthmatics.

Healthcare moves into the Hi-Tech Age

The Health Council of Canada is prescribing strong medicine for our health-care system and that's a welcome message for all Canadians. The message is clear: Today you can travel anywhere in the world and, armed with your bank card, withdraw money from your account at any bank machine. Airline passengers can thank information systems for quantum leaps in aviation safety - from tracking the performance of thousands of engine parts, to decision-support systems that warn of potenial problems. Yet if you are taken to a hospital down the street, emergency doctors most likely have no idea of your medical history, which medications you take and which tests or treatments you have had. (PDF)
read the full story at Toronto Star

Canada Health Infoway and Nunavut to build telehealth capacity initiative to increase access to healthcare for remote Northern Communities.

The government of Nunavut and Canada Health Infoway are working together to help increase access to health care through telehealth. Today, they announced a joint project which will include a training program for telehealth technicians, allowing them to enhance the skills needed to operate equipment in their community.

The project is designed to serve as a model for remote and aboriginal telehealth initiatives across the country. The announcement was made during a ceremony attended by Nunavutís Health and Social Services Minister Levinia Brown.
- read entire article at Canada Health InfoWay

A new lease of life for biological information

Helping life scientists navigate the exponentially growing amount of raw and derived digital data produced by genomics and bio-informatics research, and its associated information (publications, sequence and sequence-related information, digital image data) are a new set of search tools.

Focussed on the Life Sciences, but extendable to other sets of complex digital data, the ORIEL project provided the research community with tools to navigate through an increasingly intricate and confusing information landscape and to manage large collections of multimedia data.
- read entire story at Information Society Technologies, Europe

Design Corner


HTML 4.0 AND 4.01 - More of a Good Thing!

June KaminskiHTML Highlights Series:
Part 3 HTML Versions

by June Kaminski

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Rising to the Occasion

Each HTML version represents improvements and increased capabilities within the coding language. Version 4.0 offered new goodies to web designers: ways to insert style sheets, scripting, frames, embedded objects, improved support for right to left and mixed direction text, richer tables and enhanced forms. It also afforded better accessibility for people with disabilities. Version 4.01 is a revision of 4.0 that corrected noted errors and improved the results of the coding.

HTML 4.0 introduced the first true international compatibility - documents may be written in every language and be transported easily to local and global destinations. The ISO/IEC: 10646 standard has been adopted, the world's most inclusive standard that deals with issues of the representation of international characters, the text direction, punctuation, and other world language issues. The two key factors of greater access and international standard robustness make HTML 4.0 and 4.01 a superior code for designers to use.

HTML 4 developments inspired by concerns for accessibility include:

  • Better distinction between document structure and presentation, thus encouraging the use of style sheets instead of HTML presentation elements and attributes.
  • Better forms, including the addition of access keys, the ability to group form controls semantically, the ability to group SELECT options semantically, and active labels.
  • The ability to markup a text description of an included object (with the OBJECT element).
  • A new client-side image map mechanism (the MAP element) that allows authors to integrate image and text links.
  • The requirement that alternate text accompany images included with the IMG element and image maps included with the AREA element.
  • Support for the title and lang attributes on all elements.
  • Support for the ABBR and ACRONYM elements.
  • A wider range of target media (tty, braille, etc.) for use with style sheets.
  • Better tables, including captions, column groups, and mechanisms to facilitate non-visual rendering.
  • Long descriptions of tables, images, frames, etc.
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(W3 Consortium)

   - read entire article

This is the third article in a series of five on the critical topic of HTML for designers. The series will look at the importance of mastering HTML, & review HTML v 3.2 & 4.0 plus XHTML and DHTML. Pt. 4 coming in the next issue.
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